Lawmakers in the Iowa House are backing a bill that would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The legislation won the support of the House in a 76-22 vote Tuesday. It will now move to the Iowa Senate, where a similar piece of legislation is also under consideration.
Currently there are no restrictions on selling e-cigarettes in Iowa to those under age 18.
E-cigarettes heat liquid and nicotine into a flavored, smokeless vapor. They are often used by smokers trying to quit, but e-cigarettes have grown increasingly popular among teenagers.
Industry groups have expressed support for the proposals. But public health advocates say that while they support barring sales to minors, they also want e-cigarettes to be classed as tobacco products, making them subject to additional restrictions and taxation.